Gym and Tonic
|"Gym and Tonic"|
|Single by Spacedust|
|from the album Hits N' Pieces|
|Released||12 October 1998|
|Length||7:18 (Original mix)
3:24 (Radio edit)
|Spacedust singles chronology|
"Gym and Tonic" is a single released by British production duo Spacedust. Released on 12 October 1998, it peaked at #1 on the UK Singles Chart; however, it was the lowest-selling UK number-one song of 1998, reaching just #109 on the year-end chart.
The song was originally recorded by French record producer Bob Sinclar as "Gym Tonic", with co-production by Thomas Bangalter, and included on the former's album Paradise. Their version heavily sampled "Arms", a workout recording by American actress Jane Fonda. However, Fonda refused clearance of her vocals being used as a sample, which eventually led to a single never being released. When Spacedust recorded their version of the track, the Fonda vocal samples were re-recorded with a session vocalist. In addition to this, the song was a recreated mash-up of Stardust's "Music Sounds Better with You" and Thomas Bangalter and Bob Sinclar's original version "Gym Tonic".
The music video for Spacedust's track depicts an exercise workout filmed on 2 August 1998. In an ode to exercise videos from the 1980s and 1990s, it was intentionally made to look cheaply made, though, actual production costs for the video were over £10,000. It regularly features on VH1's "Worst Videos" lists.
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